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Firms follow Google trend in ending mandatory arbitration

Several companies have revised their policies to end the mandatory or private arbitration of sexual harassment and sexual assault claims, with other companies likely to follow suit. Protestor demands, the fear of future protestor demands, or have never had such a policy in place in the first place have put an onus on companies to make it a point to assert that their employees do not have to stay quiet about sexual harassment and sexual assault claims.

The most prominent example of late is Google, which announced this month that it will, among other changes, “make arbitration optional for individual sexual harassment and sexual assault claims.” Google said it has “never required confidentiality in the arbitration process” and that arbitration still may be the best path for several reasons—such as personal privacy—but that the company recognizes the choice should be up to the victim.

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